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Profits Driving Hours-of-Service Rollback, Safety Takes a Back Seat

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Putting business profits above public safety is the root of the problem with new measures being pushed through Congress that roll back hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers to their 2011 form, allowing trucking companies to impose longer work days and driving shifts on drivers. The unsafe provisions, which have been attached to the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill by legislators in the pocket of trucking industry lobbyists, raise the number of hours drivers are permitted to drive each week from 60 to 73, plus an additional 10 hours of non-driving work, such as ... Read More

FDA ‘deeply concerned’ about safety of Alabama compounding pharmacy drugs


In a rare move, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting an Alabama compounding pharmacy recall all its unexpired products distributed across the United States because the agency is “deeply concerned” that the drugs pose a public health threat. The FDA generally doesn’t request recalls. Most companies voluntarily oblige when the agency recommends a product be recalled. Requests, such as the one the FDA made this week to Medaus Pharmacy Inc. in Alabama, only occur in urgent situations where the companies ignore or reject recommendations to issue a recall. The FDA recommended Medaus recall all unexpired products last March ... Read More

Ninety-six percent of Bair Hugger blowers tested were shown to emit contaminates

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In a study published by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Bair Hugger forced-air warming device was tested for the potential spread of bacteria through the blower unit. In the study, 23 Bair Hugger devices were tested in daily hospital use for internal microbial buildup and airborne-contamination emissions. The filters were swabbed, and the study found the filtration to be only 63.8 percent efficient (the FDA permits no less than 99.97 percent efficiency). The filters also tested positive for staphylococci, mold, and micrococci. In addition, 96 percent of all blowers were emitting “significant levels” of airborne contaminates out of the hose end of the device. The ... Read More

Publix recalls wheat berry salad, almond bars due to possible listeria contamination

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Publix grocery stores is recalling two of its Publix-brand products due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall involves the store’s Wheatberry Salad and Publix Sweet and Salty Almond Bars. The salad was sold in the deli area, and is being recalled from Publix grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The culprit was identified as sunflower kernels, which may be contaminated with the infection-causing bacteria. The product was pulled from store shelves, but the recall was issued to alert customers who may have purchased it and have it in their possession not to consume it and ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines


B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

Electric Shock Death (ESD): what you need to know to stay safe from electric leaks on the water

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Carmen Johnson, a 15-year-old high school cheerleader from Alabama, mysteriously drowned last month after jumping into Smith Lake. However, local authorities believe they may have found the culprit behind Johnson’s passing – electric shock death (ESD). ESD occurs when electricity “leaks” in to the water, usually from electrical appliances and devices on nearby boats and docks. Electric currents cannot travel underwater, which is why when a human body enters an electrified body of water, the current can pass through the body and cause muscular paralysis, drowning and, in some cases, death. Unfortunately, electrified water displays no sign of unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Birmingham Plumbing Contractor Fined For Endangering Workers At Montgomery Excavation Site

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Federal safety regulators hit a Birmingham, Ala.-based plumbing contractor with nearly $44,000 in fines for violations, saying the company “deliberately ignores OSHA safety standards, exposing its workers to trench cave-in hazards.” Stephens Plumbing Inc., a commercial and residential plumbing contracting company, was performing trenching and excavation work on the Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspector from the agency’s regional office in Mobile visited the work site. OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation work – a national effort to drive down the number of worksite ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

Family of Alabama woman files Xarelto wrongful death lawsuit


The family of an Alabama woman is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies, over claims that the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto caused injuries that contributed to her death. Clarence E. Perkins, on behalf of the estate of Opal L. Perkins, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, naming Janssen Research & Development, Jansen Ortho, Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Pharma, Bayer Corp, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare AG, and Bayer AG. The lawsuit alleges the companies fraudulently represented Xarelto to the medical and health care community. ... Read More

Drastic Workers’ Comp Cutbacks Devastate Workers While Boosting Insurer Profits

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Legislators in most states have been rolling back workers’ compensation benefits over the last decade, and the cutbacks have been so radical that “they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty,” according to an investigative report by ProPublica and NPR. Traditionally, workers’ comp has been a compact between employers and workers that benefited both; employers would pay medical bills and enough wages to help workers seriously injured on the job get by until they could work again. In return, workers waived their right to sue their employer. But since 2004, when the federal government stopped monitoring state workers’ comp ... Read More